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Wild seek first road win at expense of Ducks

Thursday, 01.31.2013 / 4:09 PM

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Wild seek first road win at expense of Ducks
Minnesota Wild vs. Anaheim Ducks

WILD (4-2-1) AT DUCKS (3-1-1)

TV: FS-North, FS-Wisconsin, FS-West

Season series: This is the first of three meetings between the teams this season. They split four games last season, with the road team winning each time.

Big story: The Wild are hoping for their first road win after losing their first two away from Xcel Energy Center.

Team Scope:

Wild: The Wild headed on a two-game trip out west on a solid note as they ended the Chicago Blackhawks' six-game season-opening win streak with a 3-2 shootout victory Wednesday. Cal Clutterbuck's goal 59 seconds into the second tied the game, and Zach Parise and Matt Cullen scored in the shootout.

Niklas Backstrom -- who relieved starter Josh Harding 6:45 into the game -- stopped Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp in the shootout to seal the victory.

Making the win even sweeter was that it came in the second half of a back-to-back for the Wild.

"We have high expectations for this team, and there's a difference between expectations and results," Cullen told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "Games like this is how you build confidence and start getting that belief that you can be a good team."

The win also allowed the Wild to stay a point ahead of the Vancouver Canucks atop the Northwest Division.

Ducks: The Anaheim Ducks have made a habit of finding quality players late in the first round, and their luck the last few years was on display Tuesday against the San Jose Sharks, when Rickard Rakell (30th, 2011) centered a line with Kyle Palmieri (26th, 2009) and Emerson Etem (29th, 2010), making his NHL debut.

Etem had one shot in 7:51 of ice time against the Sharks, and earned a positive review from coach Bruce Boudreau.

"He was fine," Boudreau told the Orange County Register. "He didn't look like a deer in the headlights or anything. He looked like he took it in stride. It was a game. He did his job."

A native of Long Beach, Calif., Etem is excited to make his home debut Friday. In attendance will be Etem's parents, as well as a number of other friends and family members.

"I'll have a lot," Etem said. "Maybe 15, 20 [people]. It's going to be quite the crowd."

Who's hot: Ducks forward Daniel Winnik has a point in four of his five games this season. His five goals in five games this season leaves him three shy of the eight he scored in 84 games last season with the Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks.

Injury report: Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon is questionable due to a sore foot. … With the exception of rookie defenseman Hampus Lindholm, who has not played this season due to a concussion, the Ducks are fully healthy.

2012-2013 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 12 '13ANA 2 at MIN 1L. Sbisa
Mar 01 '13MIN 2 at ANA 3M. Beleskey
Feb 01 '13MIN 1 at ANA 3K. Palmieri
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
Z. Parise8549+1431
M. Koivu8268-1800
D. Heatley8426-2021
T. Gilbert8246-1600
R. Suter8044-6400
P. Bouchard8213+2801
M. Granlund8123+0200
M. Cullen8123-2200
C. Clutterbuck8112+1600
C. Stoner8022+1900
D. Setoguchi8022+0000
J. Brodin5022-1200
M. Scandella4101+1400
J. Falk8011+0700
T. Mitchell8011-1000
K. Brodziak8011-4200
J. Spurgeon3011-3000
D. Powe8000+1900
Z. Konopka8000+01400
N. Prosser4000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
N. Backstrom63-2-1151652.51.909
J. Harding31-1-07553.39.873
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
T. Selanne6268+2410
D. Winnik6527+7400
S. Koivu6167+6000
R. Getzlaf6246+1401
B. Ryan6235+2010
K. Palmieri6314+4001
C. Perry6134+0911
A. Cogliano6044+3000
S. Souray6123+3010
T. Lydman5022+1400
F. Beauchemin6101+2200
M. Beleskey6101-31200
N. Bonino6011-1400
C. Fowler5011+0400
L. Sbisa6000+3400
B. Allen6000+0600
D. Smith-Pelly4000-2000
R. Rakell4000-2000
E. Etem2000+0000
S. Vatanen1000+1000
J. Hendry1000+0000
P. Holland1000+0000
B. Staubitz1000-1000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
J. Hiller42-1-1141063.43.868
V. Fasth22-0-03481.44.938